Emergent Texan old-school soul revivalist Leon Bridges is going to be all over the big-time music-festival circuit this summer. And on last night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, he offered some indication of why that’s happening. On Kimmel’s outdoor festival stage, Bridges rocked a beautiful suit and high-stepped his way through “Twistin’ & Groovin’.” And as an online bonus, he also strapped on a guitar for the ballad “River.” Bridges’ entire style is derivative as a manner of course, but he’s a born entertainer, and he made his whole Sam Cooke pastiche look easy. Watch both performances below.
Bridges’ album Coming Home is out now on Columbia.